Hurting

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There are times in our lives when there is a great deal of hurt. It is from others (friends and family) or illness, or loneliness. There are lots of reasons. And in it, right in the middle of the “eye of the storm” we wonder: Why?

It is hard to imagine the answer to that. And for each why there is likely a different and varied answer. Often people will wonder why does God allow all this? Why is there death and mayhem in so many parts of the world? There is no one answer. And I don’t think anyone would hazard a guess for all of the questions and situations we find ourselves in.

But what comes to mind for me is the image of Jesus asleep in the stern of the boat on the Sea of Galilee. He slept peacefully while his disciples panicked about the storm that they would all be lost. “But Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are perishing?” Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea. “Silence!” He commanded. “Be still!” And the wind died down, and it was perfectly calm.…” (Mk 4, 38-39) It was hard for the disciples to see beyond the immediate need, the storm that would drown them all. They forgot the most precious passenger in the boat who was Emmanuel (God-With-Us).

It is very easy in our world of trials to forget that God is there in the midst of the storm. We are caught up in the moment, even if that moment is months or years long. We need to remember that we are God’s own and he will not abandon us. “Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Dt 31, 6)

I write this not to lecture, but for me as well. There are many times darkness seems to come  down over us. But we need always to remember these passages and know that we are not alone and we are not facing the trials alone. Pray for one another in those difficult times. Pray for me as I pray for you. We serve a mighty God. Trust Him.

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Leadership

This then applies not simply to military, politics and business, but also to areas such as Church leadership and social organizations, schools/universities and many other areas of public life. In business we see effective leaders rise with a company and the evidence is often the financial success of the company. The great business leader not only seeks personal gain but the profitability of the company as well as the security of the employees working there.

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An Appeal

We are facing a dilemma. As I mentioned in the last blog post, we are able to communicate in such a way now that our world becomes smaller and smaller. But at the same time we are more and more isolated. What has happened within the Catholic Church is an inverse to what is around us.

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